Last year, Livable Phinney won a great victory before the Hearing Examiner. Seattle City Code allows efficiency unit developments with no parking in neighborhoods with “frequent transit.” The flawed rationale is that if transit is frequent, cars aren’t needed. Frequent transit is defined as one bus every 15 minutes. Livable Phinney was able to show for a project in their neighborhood that, though the bus schedule shows buses arriving every 15 minutes, in actuality, 40% of the time, buses were not “frequent,” so the Hearing Examiner agreed that an efficiency unit development without parking was illegal and couldn’t be built.
The Seattle City Council majority refuses to address parking overcrowding and is prepared to change the definition of “frequent transit” from one bus every 15 minutes to one bus every 20 minutes to continue to avoid addressing parking.
The Herbold Amendment: Councilmember Lisa Herbold has proposed an amendment (see attached) to address parking overcrowding in some neighborhoods. Under current City Code, even if a parking study shows a development will aggravate parking overcrowding, STAFF CANNOT ADD MITIGATING CONDITIONS to address parking. Under the Herbold Amendment, if on-street parking occupancy in the surrounding neighborhood is at or above 85%, staff can add mitigating conditions, such as requiring additional off-street parking, denying RPZ passes to buildings shown to aggravate parking overcrowding, or other measures.
ACTION REQUESTED: Please email the listed Councilmembers and Mayor urging them to support the Herbold Amendment, which will probably be considered by the full City Council at its April 2, 2018 meeting at 2PM in City Hall. It is critical that we support Councilmember Herbold to show the full City Council how important parking is to the neighborhoods. A simple, sample email that can be used or modified is provided below; the below list of Councilmembers and Mayor could be pasted in the “To:” field, though separate emails to each Councilmember and the Mayor would probably be more effective.
Use this template or write your own:
Dear Councilmembers and Mayor:
Please support Councilmember Herbold’s amendment to Council Bill 119173, off-street parking regulations, currently scheduled for consideration by the full City Council on April 2, 2018. The amendment allows, but doesn’t require, parking mitigation for an individual project, when on-street parking occupancy in the surrounding neighborhood is at or above 85%.
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